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12-26-2012, 04:51 PM
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Even though we won today I agree. This team is not a typical Canadain team. We're relatively undersized with almost zero grit. Our bottom pairing D is pretty awful and I'm not sold on Subban. It seems like we're going to try and "out skill" the Russians, Swedes etc.. But that's not really our game.
I still have hope and think we can win. But if I were betting real money I wouldn't bet on Canada this year.
Corrado not only should have made the team he probably could be playing as the #3-#4 slot and it ain't even close
1) Size is really dependent on the players the team has available to them. Just not a lot of big physical bruising type players.
2) Yes, Tom Wilson was cut, but this tournament is on the big ice so his style may not have fit in. Kind of like the Can. Olympic team in 2006 where there were so many power forward types. Just not the right fit. Opted for more skill and speed here. Probably makes sense.
3) Seems to be more pure PK guys rather than the traditional grit/energy guys Canada is used to having like the Carter Ashton/Marcus Foligno/etc. types in the bottom 6 (or pure skill in McKinnon)
4) Subban may have a great NHL career, but that doesn't mean he should be given the #1 spot just based on the Russia/Canada series. Chet Pickard was the 1st goalie drafted in 2008, but he wasn't the guy in net when Canada won gold in Ottawa. If Binnington is playing better, he should start.
5) Canada's D, does make you scratch your head about their selections.
Reilly, Hamilton, Harrington, Ouellet, all seem fine. Didn't notice Reinhart early and there's Wotherspoon. Murphy, goodness, if he doesn't contribute on the PP, it will likely come back to bite Canada in the rear end, like losing Hamonic did a couple of tournaments ago. Don't see him being able to take a regular shift and giving the team the required quality minutes at even strength. Whether it was Corrado, Dumba, or whomever that would have stayed over Murphy, it's going to be tough.
Canadian talent from the 2011 and 2012 drafts weren't as deep as prior years. Last year was the year of the Dmen.
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